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Why Does an Educational Change Leader Need to Develop a Learning Organization?

Why Does an Educational Change Leader Need to Develop a Learning Organization? | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it

One of the best ideas from this article is the notion that leaders "build resiliency during change".  It's something that doesn't get much attention.  Maybe it should give the demands of implementing so many shifts in our approach to the classroom.

 

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ratzelster's comment, July 11, 2012 9:27 PM
Thanks Ken for leaving the message. Do come here often..what articles are most interesting for you?
Ken Morrison's comment, July 11, 2012 10:03 PM
I am most interested in anything regarding 21st century skills, as well as the attitude, leadership and systems thinking that goes along with creating a system that reinforces critical thinking and new study skills.
Ken
ratzelster's comment, July 12, 2012 12:34 PM
Thanks...I'll keep my eye out. If you find things are suitable, will you refer them to me? I'd appreciate it.
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Leadership Is Like Tennis, Not Egyptology. (Always wanted to be a leader but not sure how?)

Leadership Is Like Tennis, Not Egyptology.  (Always wanted to be a leader but not sure how?) | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
The Four Essential Strokes You Need To Be A Great Player.

 

Back when I was a software entrepreneur, I used to run a daylong leadership development workshop for my employees.

 

My objective was to pull together all the insights about leadership I’d gained in my years of business into a hard-hitting, cohesive, and interactive day.

 

I was pointedly trying to transform the participants, and give them a framework for becoming the best leaders they could be—something they would really use, and not just put on their shelves like the last management seminar they attended.

 

A Definition That Really Works

 

I used to start the workshop by going around the room and asking each person to give me his/her definition of “leadership” and writing it down on a whiteboard. When we got done we’d have a whole bunch of words and phases associated with leadership, but no cohesive definition.

 

Then I would say, okay, none of these phrases are wrong, but let me give you my own definition of leadership—a definition that is deceptively simple, yet quite powerful (if fully understood) in helping one become a great leader. Here it is:

 

"A leader is someone who figures out the right things and makes them happen."

 

Why is this definition so powerful? Well, because:

 

It has nothing to do with position, title, or power.Anyone can be a leader in any job.


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Drew Dudley: Everyday leadership |TedX Toronto

Drew Dudley: Everyday leadership |TedX Toronto | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it

Drew Dudley calls on all of us to celebrate leadership as the everyday act of improving each other’s lives.   You never know who you impact....your lollipop moment!!!  Watch this and be inspired.

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10 Communication Secrets of Great Leaders - Forbes

10 Communication Secrets of Great Leaders - Forbes | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it

Reading through I spotted this quote, "The number one thing great communicators have in common is they possess a heightened sense of situational and contextual awareness. The best communicators are great listeners and astute in their observations."  Boy doesn't this say it all?  How are we working on building these skill sets so we have this intuitive radar helping us lead people forward?

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The Skill of Encouragement – The Capacity of Hope

The Skill of Encouragement – The Capacity of Hope | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it

To facilitate simply means to make easy. The leader/teacher makes the process of dialogue look easy, but please recognize how difficult it is to facilitate such a connection in a collective. Take a moment to read and reflection on how much hope we can inject into our schools and the people with whom we work.

 

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Jacqueline Novogratz’s Advice to Graduates at Gettysburg College

Jacqueline Novogratz’s Advice to Graduates at Gettysburg College | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it

This month, Acumen Fund founder Jacqueline Novogratz, addressed departing Gettysburg College seniors and imparted upon them, through anecdotes from her own remarkable story, a handful of beautiful aspirations to live by, summarized below.

 

 "We’ve become a society seeking instant gratification. We want simple answers, clear pathways to success. Life does not work that way. And instead of looking for answers all the time, my wish for you is that you get comfortable living the questions."

 

Novogratz’s four pieces of advice, synthesized:

 

1. Focus on being interested, not on being interesting — don’t fall for status, seek opportunities that help you grow. (Cue in Paul Graham on prestige -http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/02/27/purpose-work-love/)

 

Focus more on listening and learning — the rest will come.

 

2. Don’t worry about what other people think of you. (Cue in Hugh MacLeod on ignoring everybody - http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/02/27/purpose-work-love/#macleod)

 

Take risks. Ask the “dumb” questions. Fail if you have to, and then get up and do it again.

 

3. Avoid cynicism. Pessimists can tell you what’s wrong with the world, but it’s the optimists who set out to change it. (Cue in E. B. White on the duty to elevate rather than lower down - http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/04/17/e-b-white-paris-review-interview/)

 

Inspiring hope in a cynical world might be the most radical thing you can possibly do. Hope may not feed us, but it is hope that sustains us.

 

4. Build on what came before. (Because we know creativity is combinatorial - http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2011/08/01/networked-knowledge-combinatorial-creativity/)

 

Before you finished getting out of bed, brushing your teeth with clean tap water, putting on clothes, making breakfast, turning off the light, walking out the door, you are benefiting from the work of hundreds, if not thousands, of individuals from all around the world. They all deserve your spirit of generosity. So walk with humility and reverence for the human endeavor, and know it’s your job to help take that endeavor forward.


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John Quincy Adams "got" leadership

John Quincy Adams "got" leadership | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it

Reaching back across history for more tips on leadership, I'd say there's much to be learned from someone as astute as John Quincy Adams.  Hear this quote..."“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

So what are we doing today with our actions to inspire others to dream big, dream for the outfield fence and lead our students to success?

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